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David Attenborough says humans have overrun the planet, with the population tripling since he started making programs in the 1950s.

The veteran broadcaster – who recently became the fastest person to reach 1,000,000 followers on Instagram – made the comments during a BBC Breakfast television interview this morning.

During the conversation, Sir David talked about how effective Extinction Rebellion’s message is, and how much he respects the young people who are engaged in the climate movement.

Human destruction

According to Sir David, we are starting to realize how much damage we have done to the natural world – and how much we rely on it for everything we need.

He added that he first realized how much we were destroying the world was when he first saw a dead coral reef in the 60s. He said a once-colorful and thriving community was now bleached and barren.

It shows him that humanity is capable of ‘exterminating whole enormous communities of living creatures, just like that’.

Staying positive

However, he said, it is essential to try to reverse the damage, saying if there is ‘only a fragment’ of responsibility and opportunity, ‘we must take it’ and we ‘have to do what’s in our power’ rather than ‘crying in a corner and giving up’.

Sir David was also vocal about young people engaging with the environment, saying that young people are the ‘most important place there must be hope’, saying it is ‘their world and it’s their tomorrow’. 

He warned that the world will get ‘hotter and hotter and hotter’ in the years to come if humans don’t change their behavior.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.